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Desserts For The Holiday Table

Posted by Jessica Meyers Altman on

Desserts For The Holiday Table

So-you want to make a dessert that's not loaded with sugar, fat, and salt? Plant-based & Gluten Free? Easy! Here are my simple plant-based/vegan swap outs for your traditional recipes: Cream: 1) If a light creamy texture is desired, tofu does the trick, as it does in my Peanut Butter Pie below. 2) Another swap out for cream is white beans-this one is a little bit more tricky, but I use it in this Pumpkin Pudding, and no one will be the wiser. Beans are much lower in fat (as in virtually none) than tofu is, so if on a...

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5 Vegetables That Should Be On Your Thanksgiving Table

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5 Vegetables That Should Be On Your Thanksgiving Table

5 Vegetables That Should Be On Your Thanksgiving Table: There is such beauty and abundance right now in my part of the country.  This is truly the time we celebrate the harvest and the work that has been done in the fields since March! I am thankful for a break from the work I do outside, of now. I know as soon as the snow begins to fly, I will be daydreaming about what I will be planting in the spring. Luckily, we've had a very warm fall and I've been able to continue harvesting greens, herbs, and my cruciferous veggies (yes,...

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Linking Breast Cancer and Diet

Posted by Jessica Meyers Altman on

 It's Breast Cancer Awareness month. While so much attention goes to raising money for breast cancer research, too little effort goes into educating people on what they can do to prevent breast cancer (and many other forms cancer too!). Breast cancer is largely linked to diet, MUCH more so than genetic causes, which gets so much attention. The BRACA gene that many link to breast cancer cases, accounts for only 5-10% of diagnosed cases of breast cancer, however expression of this gene is not guaranteed if lifestyle changes occur. By consuming a nutritious diet you drastically reduce your risk of developing many forms...

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Pumpkin Seeds and Their Health Benefits

Posted by Amabel Verde on

It's that time of year, pumpkins, apples, squashes. But before you go carving up those gorgeous gourds, don't throw away a very healthy component, the seeds! Pumpkin seeds are a great source of antioxidants, providing awesome sources of zinc, magnesium, and Vitamin E.  It has been shown that it's best to eat them unhulled (shells in tact). While the shells themselves don't contain much except fiber, it's the endosperm, or the outer coating of the seeds, that has been shown to have the highest amount of zinc in it. This layer is removed in the hulling process, so it's best...

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Turmeric and It's Powerful Benefits

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Turmeric is a spice that is used in most Indian and Middle Eastern dishes. In addition to its gorgeous yellow color, turmeric has been shown to have amazing properties of fighting inflammation.  It has long been used in Eastern medicine to treat a wide variety of aliments, showing the same if not better response to traditional drugs like motrin (source). It has been shown to prevent and slow the spread of tumor growth, and is especially good to include in your diet if you suffer from inflammatory diseases like rheumatory arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and even cystic fibrosis. The active chemical...

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